Four four days straight, I managed to pass Exit 12 without so much of an urge to make a pit stop on ‘murderous-row’, the restaurant-saturated street on the way to our house. I resisted the urge to kick this elimination diet shenanigans to the curb and sink my teeth into a juicy, greasy chicken sandwich. Instead, I went home, pulled out a few salmon fillets, veggies and big girl portabellas and made dinner and prepped meals for the next day. The future was bright and full of more produce. Until Day Five came along….
After my four days of elimination zen, I broke down. I was huuuuungry! My body said, “Whoah, whoah, whoah. Girl, are you crazy? FEED ME!!!” Is it even possible to live without citrus, potatoes, eggplants, peppers, nuts and seeds, gluten anything, meat (only turkey, fish, and wild game allowed), soy, beans of any kind, dairy, sugar, and canola oil? And the list goes on.
I have to admit that I’m surprised I made it this far on such a restrictive diet and I would’ve gone longer had I not gotten bored with the menu or maybe prepped better, but I had the drive, I was committed all the way up to my first bite of California Roll at my favorite Japanese restaurant on break-down day. Really, I was. But I didn’t regret my decision to jump off the wagon. I needed it. To regroup, to think this thing over. To put more protein and fat into my body.
My thinking of going all in on this thing was that I didn’t want to do it in phases. I wanted to do it once, suffer once, and be done with it. Get the results I wanted, find out what’s causing these crazy sinus issues. Boom-Bam-Pow, Done! But I can’t ignore my voice of reason and hunger headaches.
So what was a typical day like for me? Why was I so freaking HUNGRY?
Breakfast: Cream of Rice with almond milk, coconut oil, and a pear/apple.
Snack: More fruit
Lunch: Salmon, Veggies, Arborio Rice with Mushrooms and Cauliflower Sauce
Dinner: Turkey Burger (no bread), beet greens, sweet potato wedges
This isn’t enough for a grown woman like me…not even close.
And by the way, everything that you can possibly think of has sugar, citrus, or soy in it. Including my Vitamin D supplements, which send me searching on Amazon for a substitute. I even checked the labels on my mouthwash because I WAS dedicated.
Going to Whole Foods proved to be an adventure too. I found myself circling the hot bar, drooling over Thai tofu and citrus rice. Both yummy and healthy. Both off-limits. Ironic, most of the healthy things you typically pick up in a health food store were off limits to me.
But have you noticed that not once in this post have I declared defeat? That I’m done? I’m like a surfer. Rising and falling with the waves and at times I may fall off the board, only to get back on. This isn’t a failure, just a bump in the road. I didn’t fall off the wagon, I jumped off to take a different path. Only time will tell how successful my next attempt will be, but one thing’s for sure, it’s gotta be better than the last.
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